Benchmarking of objective quality metrics for colorless point clouds

Recent advances in depth sensing and display technologies, along with the significant growth of interest for augmented and virtual reality applications, lay the foundation for the rapid evolution of applications that provide immersive experiences. In such applications, advanced content representations are required in order to increase the engagement of the user with the displayed imageries. Point clouds have emerged as a promising solution to this aim, due to their efficiency in capturing, storing, delivering and rendering of 3D immersive contents. As in any type of imaging, the evaluation of point clouds in terms of visual quality is essential. In this paper, benchmarking results of the state-of-the-art objective metrics in geometry-only point clouds are reported and analyzed under two different types of geometry degradations, namely Gaussian noise and octree-based compression. Human ratings obtained from two subjective experiments are used as the ground truth. Our results show that most objective quality metrics perform well in the presence of noise, whereas one particular method has high predictive power and outperforms the others after octree-based encoding.

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Picture Coding Symposium (PCS), San Francisco, California, USA, June 24-27, 2018
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